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France makes prostitution illegal

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Some of you might want to consider changing your travel plans

http://metro.co.uk/2016/04/07/france-makes-prostitution-illegal-5800771/

There were protests by sex workers outside the country’s parliament during the final debate on a bill that will affect around 30,000 prostitutes in France.

Anyone caught paying for sex will face a fine of up to £3,040.

Some of those protested held banners saying ‘Don’t liberate me, I’ll take care of myself!’, and ‘Sex work is work’.

Pimping is illegal across Europe, but France is only the fifth to punish prostitutes clients. The other countries are the UK, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

Sweden became the first country to make it illegal to pay for sex in 1999.

The proposal, which has been debated since 2013, has divided public opinion prompting a group of 343 public figures to issue what they called a ‘scumbags’ manifesto’ asserting the right to use prostitutes.

The signatories, who included journalists, writers and actors, said they resented being depicted as ‘perverts or psychopaths’ and refused to allow ‘deputies (to) legislate norms on our desires and our pleasures’.

Socialist lawmaker Maud Olivier, the architect of the bill, has argued repeatedly that prostitutes should be seen as ‘victims and no longer as delinquents’.

The new law will supersede a little enforced 2003 measure penalising the solicitation of clients for sex.

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